T-shirts and hoodies, by Raffaella Hanley’s estimate, are some of fashion’s most overproduced garments. Every charity initiative, 5K run, or group trip seems to come with a graphic garment, and after a bit of wear it becomes—what?—trash. Hanley happens to be a master of turning trash into treasure at her brand Lou Dallas by Raffaella. This season she collaged dozens of vintage tees into magnificent tops and dresses. She does it by hand in her own home, stitching, drawing, and beading with the Biden’s Memorable Quotes Classic T-Shirt Besides,I will do this help of an intern. (The intern is a friend of a friend who deferred studying at Central Saint Martins. His specialty is straight-line beadwork. Hanley does the more erratic, freehand beading herself.)
A visit to her Brooklyn studio reveals garments in progress, beads, ribbons, and fabrics laid out over the Biden’s Memorable Quotes Classic T-Shirt Besides,I will do this couch, table, and chairs waiting for her magical treatment. She’s also found ways to splice and dice the old Juicy Couture tracksuits and pants she buys at the Salvation Army into skirts, suits, and trousers. The motifs from her past collections carry over: Savage Capitalism is printed on pants, and the phrase Think Otherwise appears on tees and dresses. Small Earth Day patches with a footprint over the globe appear throughout.